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Norovirus may have affected 100,000 over Christmas, says health agency | UK news | The Guardian

The winter vomiting bug affected about 100,000 people over Christmas with the number of confirmed cases 72% higher than this time last year, Health Protection Agency figures indicate.

The dramatic rise was attributed in part to an early outbreak of the illness, caused by the norovirus, which closed dozens of hospital wards as it struck across Britain.

Laboratory-confirmed incidents of norovirus amounted to 3,877 cases recorded in England and Wales, a rise from the 2,255 tally of last year.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that for every reported case an estimated 288 were not flagged up, meaning that about 1.12 million people could have contracted the illness this season.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
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